The SHOCKING Thing Blue Light Is Doing to Your Skin

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iPhones have a feature called “Screen Time” that shows you data about your phone usage.

Well, I just checked my data…

Last week, I was on my phone for an average of 3 hours and 49 minutes per day!

Yikes!!! I can’t help but think of all the other things I could’ve been doing with my time.

Unfortunately, Screen Time told me what I already knew: I’m on my phone wayyyy too much (but so is everyone else).

You’ve probably heard being on your phone too often impacts your health in several ways, including your sleep cycle, brain function, and attention span.

But did you know that it can affect your skin (and how you age) as well?

This might give you another reason to step away from your screens!

In this article, I will explain what blue light is, what it can do to your skin and body, and how you can protect yourself.

Keep on reading!

What Is HEV Light? And What Does HEV Light Stand For?

First, I want to clarify that HEV light is the same as “blue light,” so those terms can be used interchangeably.

HEV light stands for high-energy visible light, which occurs in the violet/blue band of the visible light spectrum.

Its wavelength ranges from 380 nanometers (nm) to 500 nm, which is among the shortest in the spectrum

Fun fact: HEV light rays make the sky look blue when they strike air and water molecules in the atmosphere.

HEV light is emitted by:

The sun
Fluorescent bulbs
At-home light devices for acne

The sun emits the most amount of blue light; digital devices emit only a tiny amount in comparison.

However, with all the time we spend on our TVs, phones, and computers, this exposure can start to add up over time.

That’s what has some people concerned about the effects, and why I wanted to write this article!

Why Is Blue Light Bad for Your Skin?

Since dermatological research is ongoing, the jury’s still out on whether HEV light is officially confirmed as “bad” for your skin.

However, one 2010 study from the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that exposing skin to blue light emitted by the sun versus comparable levels of UV rays caused more pigment, redness, and swelling.

And a small study from Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity suggested that exposure to blue light might stimulate the production of free radicals in skin, which can lead to premature aging signs.

In case you need a refresher, free radicals are present in our environment and can lead to DNA damage, inflammation, and loss of collagen and elastin.

Ultimately, these studies show that blue light has the potential to be damaging and to produce visible skin changes, including:

Dark spots
Fine lines and wrinkles
Thinner, weaker skin

This research also suggests that the more time we spend on our devices, the worse off our skin may be.

Whoa! While aging is unavoidable, I don’t think any of us want to speed up the process.

I choose to err on the side of caution, as I personally struggle with melasma and do not want to risk making it worse.

If you’ve read my blog before, you’re probably familiar with my mantra that prevention is easier than treatment!

So, one way to approach blue light in the skincare sense is to stop aging signs before they have the chance to start.

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What Does Blue Light Do To Your Eyes?

Have your eyes ever become tired after staring at a digital screen for too long?

I know mine have!

Well, fortunately, it’s just eye strain — not anything permanent.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there is no current scientific evidence that HEV light from digital devices causes eye damage.

However, HEV light does affect our body’s circadian rhythm (our natural wake and sleep cycle).

Because it is stimulating, too much HEV light exposure at night can make it harder to get to sleep.

Not only is sleep crucial for your overall health and functioning at your best, but it’s when our skin repairs itself.

So, blue light can indirectly affect your skin in this way.

It’s true — you really DO need your beauty rest!

Skincare Tips for the Digital Age

Our devices can have more impact on our skin than we realize!

First of all, I make sure to keep my phone clean as it’s pressed to my face throughout the day when I’m making calls.

I keep Lysol wipes handy in my office, purse, and car.

I also recommend using speakerphone, a headset, or talk to text!

We put our phone on so many different surfaces without realizing it, and then that bacteria gets transferred to our face, hands, and even our bed (if you sleep with your phone).

Not only can this make us sick, but the buildup of oil, makeup, and environmental debris can clog pores and cause breakouts.

The same cleanliness concept applies to our tablets and laptops.

We type and tap away at our keyboards and screens, then touch our face without thinking about it.

Second, “tech neck” is another problem we experience when we’re constantly looking down at our phone.

I’m sure you’ve seen others straining their neck and hunching their shoulders forward to see their screen.

This repetitive action can cause neck pain, posture changes, drooping jowls, and wrinkled, sagging skin.

Bring your device up to eye level and don’t forget to include your neck and decollete as part of your skincare routine!

Finally, adjust your text settings so you can easily read your screen without having to squint!

Repeated squinting is one surefire way to get fine lines and wrinkles.

Other HEV Light Protection Methods

Besides using skincare products to prevent HEV light damage, there are several ways you can lessen its impact on your overall health.

First, I recommend adjusting the lighting settings and/or adding a blue light filter on your digital devices.

Many phones and computers automatically come with a “nighttime mode,” and I personally use this filter.

Second, you can purchase blue light glasses and sunglasses to protect your eyes from strain.

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Third, take breaks and limit your screen time!

The American Academy of Opthalmology recommends the “20-20-20” rule: Look away from your screen every 20 minutes and focus on an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

They also recommend staying off your digital devices 2-3 hours before bed.

If you need some ideas for occupying your free time, I’m LOVING self-care lately.

Instead of playing on your phone or binge-watching as many TV episodes as you possibly can before bed, try journaling, meditating, reading a book, or talking with your significant other!

If you decide to try this, I’d love to hear its impact on your daily routine.

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